200 Greenwich Street

Two World Trade Center is a skyscraper under construction as part of the new World Trade Center at 200 Greenwich Street in New York City. When completed, the tower will be located in the northeast corner of the site, where the former 5 World Trade Center stood, with the original South Tower/2 WTC offset to the southwest. The tower will be the last to be built, although Silverstein Properties will likely push for the tower's construction as the rest of the World Trade Center site develops and attracts more office tenants.

The 88-story building was designed by Foster and Partners, London. The building will have a height of 1,270 feet (387 m), with a tripod-shaped antenna that allows the building to reach a total height of 1,350 feet (411 m). In comparison, the Empire State Building's roof at the 102nd floor is 1,250 feet (381 m) tall, and its antenna is 1,472 ft (448 m), and the original 2 World Trade Center (often referred to as the "South Tower") was 1,362 feet (415 m). The structural engineer for the building is WSP Cantor Seinuk, New York City. The Curtain Wall/Cladding consultant for the building is Permasteelisa SPA.

When constructed, the tower will be the second–tallest skyscraper on the World Trade Center site and the third–tallest in New York City, following One World Trade Center, and the Empire State Building. The sloping roof consisting of four diamonds inclined toward the memorial will provide a visual marker around the skyline of just where the original towers were. The tower is designed to resemble a diamond, with cross bracing intersects and indentations breaking up the sides. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said the following about 200 Greenwich Street's wedged rooftop: "Designed by Lord Norman Foster, the tower incorporates WTC master planner Daniel Libeskind's 'wedge of light' concept, and will cast no shadow on the memorial park on September 11."

The total floor space of 200 Greenwich Street is anticipated to include 2.4 million square feet (220,000 square meters) of office space and another 130,000 square feet (12,000 square meters) for retail shops and access areas to the underground PATH railway.


Two World Trade Center was originally scheduled to be completed sometime between 2011 and 2014. As of the beginning of 2011, the Port Authority's One World Trade Center has one major tenant expected to sign, Conde Nast, and more are expected to follow. Should more companies start to take an interest in the towers, 2 World Trade Center will likely be finished sooner rather than later. After meeting much delay, work on 2WTC is rapidly progressing and it should be at street level by the end of 2011.

On March 25, 2010, the Port Authority released plans to build Two and Three World Trade Center to street level. The transit and retail podium at the 175 Greenwich Street site would be constructed immediately, the construction of Tower 3 will start while Silverstein Properties obtains financing for the remaining cost of the tower.


2WTC foundation work began on June 1, 2010 and should last until late 2011.. As of August 2011, the sub-grade structural steel erection has begun along with two active cranes active on site. 2WTC is expected to be complete to street level by the end of 2011. As of September 6 2011, Two World Trade Center has already reached street level with the first of the tower's steel beams have now finished being installed into the tower's foundations. Preparations are being made to install the second of the tower's steel beams into the foundations. This should be happening in the September - October 2011 to early 2012.

Popular culture

Although not completed, it appears already in popular culture:

  • In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the tower can be seen during the assault.
  • In Crysis 2, it can be seen among the other World Trade Center buildings.
  • In 2008 science fiction movie Babylon A.D., it can be seen along New York City skyline.


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